Ronald and Nancy Reagan Coins for 2016

by Mike Unser on February 24, 2015 · 19 comments

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan

President and Mrs. Reagan will appear on United States Mint coins in 2016

The United States Mint in 2016 will strike and sell coins featuring portraits of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States (1981-1989), and his wife Nancy.

Their commemoration breaks expectations as neither were included with original design candidates for 2016 Presidential $1 Coins and 2016 First Spouse Gold Coins.

The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005, Public Law 109-145, is clear that living former or current Presidents cannot be honored on coins. It’s less concise about breaking the sequential order of Presidential service to honor a commander-in-chief.

President Carter, who served prior to Reagan, is alive and therefore cannot be depicted on U.S. coins. A legal interpretation of Public Law 109-145 was needed and made. Carter will get skipped over to honor Reagan. Paul Gilkes of Coin World writes about the decision, breaking the story on Feb. 12.

Next week, on Mar. 5, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will meet to review and consider designs candidates for several medals and coins. According to a U.S. Mint notice that is scheduled to appear tomorrow on the Federal Register, designs for review will include those for 2016 Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coins and 2016 $10 Nancy Reagan First Spouse Gold Coins.

Nancy Reagan would be the first living person to appear on a U.S. coin since commemorative 1995 Special Olympics Silver Dollars depicted Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

george glazener February 24, 2015 at 11:48 am

“Carter will get skipped over to honor Reagan”. That’s awesome! If only we could have done that for real in 1977.

Richard Weil February 24, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Oh here we go. Personally I think Carter was the last moral and honest man we had as president. Reagan was a nasty and stupid fellow who started America down the road to ruining the middle class. Brought down the Berlin Wall? As much as the Big Bad Wolf blew it down. The Soviet Union beat us…in going bankrupt first.

Victor DeCurtis February 24, 2015 at 12:54 pm

FDR died in April, 1945 and the law had to be amended to mint the Roosevelt dime, replacing the “Mercury” dime. In 1963, the same law was used to have JFK’s face on a coin. Coins can not have a real person depicted unless they are dead, five years or more. Now, Carter falls into that special group of not being able to be depicted on a U.S. coin, because he’s still breathing. However, if he continues to travel to muslim countries, he may be depicted sooner, using the same law amendment that allowed FDR and JFK. But, there is a sweet spot in this! What is it, you may be asking? Well, I’ll tell you, the incompetent jerk in the white house, now, won’t ever be on a coin, once he’s gone and his vetting, which was never done, gets done! He will be lucky not to be arrested, tried and convicted for what he has done and what he has tried to do, while violating our Constitution!

RonnieBGood February 24, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Carter was not the greatest president, but he has more than made up for it in the work he has done since leaving office. The Soviet Union was bankrupted (at the time) by their invasion of Afghanistan, low oil prices and trying to keep up with Regan’s Star Wars program. Regan was bought and paid for by BIG business. They (i.e. the 0.1 % that is the top 1/10 of the 1%) now own the politicians (who change the laws in favor of the business they own) and the TV, radio and newspapers that keep public opinion in their favor.

Boz February 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Yes I am opposed. Too many fresh negative memories. Every time there is a two term republican president the banks or savings and loans fail. The budget deficit soars to record heights, and in particular this president did more to trash middle class retirement programs than anyone since Hoover.

25 years is not long enough of a waiting period for deceased presidents…I vote for stopping the program now. Truman should not have gotten a coin, and Ike already has too many.

Mr Griffin February 24, 2015 at 2:54 pm

What will the mint do next when this $1 program is finished? Will we just have the Sacagawea Dollar? Will they think of something else to “commemorate” in a long expensive series?

John February 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm

I thought wew were talking coins? Shut the F up
None of us care about your opinions!

ToppCatt February 24, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Boy, those Dems are still a f—-up group with their jerk still in office.

Ilovesilver February 24, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Why not get Jimmy Carter on 2016 coin ? I care my Coin collection not political policy.

jim February 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm

I’m hoping that after the 2016 presidential coins Congress will do something it seems it’s loathe to do lately – act, by eliminating the penny and $1 bill (and $2 bill?) and modernize the US monetary system. Show some guts, communicate across the aisle, join forces and come up with a law finally puts the US in the 21st century.
Everybody laughing now?
It’s a shame that such hopes have to be reduced to laughter but there it is.

Vachon February 24, 2015 at 9:49 pm

I was surprised Republicans didn’t jump at the opportunity when the Mint first announced the cessation of the Presidential dollar coin program with Ford to create a new law authorizing a Reagan dollar in 2017 to replace the Sacagawea design (and maybe even nix the dollar bill to get it circulating). I know they wanted to do the dime in 2011, even replace Hamilton on the $10. I guess this third chance has slipped them by…

Senior February 24, 2015 at 11:19 pm

There are no politicals that fit the script for all.The true American leaders role is to take a position to benefit all.Take a look who is this man it sure as hell isn’t our current president Carter may have been moral but was totally lost Kennedy had courage Bush was strong in the first administration but should have stayed away from Iraq.Regan was the last President who represented moral character.We as a nation is no longer respected as a world power.Nancy and Ronald works for me.

Brian February 25, 2015 at 9:27 am

(Insert politically charged comment.)

Whistler February 25, 2015 at 11:55 am

Politics not coins? Huh….Ronnie Raygunz was a loose cannon, Carter very book smart but a poor ‘boss’ Nixon, does his coin have him in a prisoner’s top? Ford, maybe a helmeted person nearby while he swings a golf club, GW Bush, a good guy, but too vanilla for most, Clinton, come one think of the designs that are possibile, Dubya Iraq mess, a fair leader, but Obama is the same type, someone ELSE is running the show….Obama cold be depicted with a rectal thermometer asking you to bend over for the USA…..

Munzen February 25, 2015 at 1:19 pm

This is not about a separate, standalone commemorative issue – it’s about a series that from its outset was intended to feature _all_ former presidents who are no longer alive regardless of their political legacy.

Just because the series is now into the modern era where people have personal views of a particular president shouldn’t change that criterion. I didn’t vote for Reagan, can’t forgive him for Iran-Contra or quadrupling the national debt and on and on but the fact is he was president and is no longer living. Those are the only requirements.

Or maybe we should have skipped W. H. Harrison (too egotistical to come in out of a storm, dead in 4 weeks), Buchanan (greased the skids for the Civil War), Harding (Teapot Dome; caught in a closet with his mistress), LBJ (Vietnam) and Nixon (say no more) – – ???

Boz February 25, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Let’s just put the Queen on the front of everything. Maybe a green frog on the back. Yuck!

Victor DeCurtis February 25, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Munzen, you hit it right on the head. Carter may just make it on the coin, he doesn’t look too spry, any more. However, if he does die, he will need the law to be amended for him, because either way, he won’t be dead long enough, before the series comes to an end. I agree, if you were a President of the United States of America, regardless of how well you did or how badly your performance of duty was, if you’re dead, and the series is still open, then by all means, stamp them out. Of course, although I won’t lose any sleep if the current occupant was to meet a meteor in his bed, I wish him three more years of health, so I never have to see his ugly mug on an American coin. Say what you will about the Queen, Boz, but she has reigned well and has always portrayed herself in a regal way. I watched her coronation and her marriage on a b&w Dumont television when I was a young boy. Damn, that was something. Those hamsters must have been really peddling those wheels to get the signal, all the way to NYC. 🙂

Jp March 1, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Victor I agree with you regarding our present “Fuhrer”, but the Queen?… I just don’t get the royals sucking up all that easy living off the Brits. Just doesn’t seem right to me. Don’t get me wrong, she’s probably a very nice Lady. How about a Reagan/ Thatcher coin?? Now, don’t get all uppity people. Just trying to keep this “politi-coin” thread going. 🙂 We could use some humor what with all that is going on this world.

Ed May 10, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Some U.S. Presidents have been honored by naming some aircraft carriers after them. Beginning with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) aircraft carriers are usually named after American admirals or politicians, usually presidents.

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